Cucumbers were my most prolific producers last year and I made several batches of pickles. I made Bread & Butter Pickles, Kosher Dill Pickle spears, and Sweet Pickle Relish. Soon my shelves were filled with jars of pickles. We had so many pickles that I began asking K if he wanted pickles almost with every meal. I gave jars and jars of pickles and relish away and still have jars on my shelves one year later (sigh).
Thankfully I learned my lesson and only planted a few cucumber plants this year...just enough for snacking and in salads. I think of this scene in Modern Family's "Coal Digger" episode from 2009 every time I open the pantry door and am reminded of the pickles still on the shelves:
Mitchell: I don't like football.From Modern Family's Coal Digger episode, "I don't like football" scene
Cameron: You know what? I thought part of being in a relationship was pretending to enjoy your partner's interests. Do you think I really loved home pickle making?
Mitchell: Yeah, 'cause you did.
Cameron: For a week, until we became the weird guys who gave everybody pickles. "Oh thank you, Marvin, for inviting us into your lovely home. Here, would you care for sacks pickles?"
Mitchell: It was charming.
Cameron: We were picklers, Mitchell. Okay, you know what, fine. Stay home with your little, jagged scissors. Maybe catch up on your scrap-booking.
Mitchell: Uh, come-you love scrap-booking.
Cameron: Did I Mitchell? Did I? [Leaves room]